Set to arrive in Oceanside and Carlsbad Sunday morning
Santa Ana CA— On July 7, 2017, sixteen-year-old Travis Risley embarked on an ambitious journey. He is riding his bicycle from the Oregon/California border to the California/Mexico border in an effort to raise awareness of and funds for the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF).
The approximately 1,000-mile ride kicked off in Brookings, Oregon and will end in San Ysidro, California. Travis is set to leave the Newport Beach Police Department this Sunday, July 23, 2017 around 7:30 a.m. and it is estimated he will arrive in Oceanside around 10:30am. “It’s about 47 miles and he’s been averaging 15 to 19 miles per hour on his ride. Considering he’ll have law enforcement escorting him all the way to Oceanside, he won’t need to stop at any lights.” said a spokesperson for Travis.
“We had a route planned out before the ride began, but we’ve had so much more support from law enforcement agencies in the different areas that we’ve been to, that the route seems to change almost daily. Many agencies have a preferred route or want us to visit their departments. We also want to include any agency or survivor that would like to be included because they are what this ride is about, as Travis has said. If that means stopping at three different agencies in one county, we’ve been making every effort to do that. When that happens, it can extend the day, sometimes by a couple of hours.” said Andrea Risley.
On Friday, July 21, 2017, Travis arrived in Newport Beach where he was greeted with signs, balloons, cheers, cameras and a surprise $5,000 donation from the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs.
This cause that Travis is riding for hits close to home for the Napa teen, as his father is an officer with the Napa Police Department. The Napa Police Officers’ Association is generously covering all of Travis’ expenses, so all donations go directly to the CPOMF.
CPOMF is a nonprofit charitable foundation whose mission is to recognize and honor California’s peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and provide support to their surviving family members.
Travis is expected to reach the Mexico border on July 24th.
Day 1 – July 7th Oregon/California Border (Brookings, OR) to McKinleyville, CA – 98 miles
Day 2 – July 8th McKinleyville to Myers Flat – 68 miles
Day 3 – July 9th Myers Flat to Hales Grove – 55 miles
Day 4 – July 10th Hales Grove to Manchester – 74 miles
Day 5 – July 11th Manchester to Valley Ford – 78 miles
Day 6 – July 12th DAY OFF at home in Napa to recharge
Day 7 – July 13th Valley Ford to Pacifica – 73 miles
Day 8 – July 14th Pacifica to Aptos – 73 miles
Day 9 – July 15th Aptos to Greenfield – 74 miles
Day 10 – July 16th Greenfield to Paso Robles – 80 miles
Day 11 – July 17th DAY OFF in Paso Robles to recharge
Day 12 – July 18th San Simeon to Orcutt – 82 miles
Day 13 – July 19th Orcutt to Santa Barbara – 75 miles
Day 14 – July 20th Santa Barbara to Malibu – 74 miles
Day 15 – July 21st Malibu to Newport Beach – 76 miles
Day 16 – July 22nd DAY OFF in Newport Beach to recharge
Day 17 – July 23rd Newport Beach to La Jolla – 78 miles
Day 18 – July 24th La Jolla to California/Mexico Border (San Ysidro, CA) – 33 miles
You can show your support for Travis and follow Travis’ Trek on social media:
If you would like to donate to Travis’ Trek, go to: https://camemorial.org/donate-now/. For more information on the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation, log onto: https://camemorial.org/.